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Monday, February 12, 2007

Last-Minute Valentine's Gifts (That Don't Look It)

Just in time for last minute Valentine’s shopping, the Sara Sue New studio (2319 W. Cary St., Studio A) will be open on Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m. In addition to the Sara Sue New line of purses, mini backpacks, belts fashioned from old ties and hat adornments, two local jewelers will be selling their designs.

Yes, Sara Sue New is available elsewhere in town, but the selection at designer Kathryn Aiken’s studio will blow you away.

If your flame has a penchant for antiques, she’ll love Cannon Ashby’s line. The most recent collection incorporates sterling silver St. Christopher’s, St. Catherine’s, St. Ann’s and other medals from all over the world. Other pieces utilize hand-painted porcelain pendants, vintage glass beads, antique keys, vintage lace, velvet and whatever else strikes designer Ashby Sanderson Payne’s fancy.

Jewelry By Jean has a more contemporary twist. Designer Jean Berry uses lots of colorful glass pendants and beads.

With the three designers’ distinct personalities, there are choices ranging from delicate and dainty to bright and bold. You’ll be sure to find something for your significant other, whether she’s understated or audacious. All three designers can also create custom pieces. The show will run until the last shopper leaves.


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